Carving out a legacy

Scout Thomas Lane of Troop 582 and Frank Long work on carving a totem pole. - contributed photo
Scout Thomas Lane of Troop 582 and Frank Long work on carving a totem pole.
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Boy Scouts from the Northlakes Chapter of the Order of the Arrow honor Society, including Scouts from Bothell and Kenmore, have embarked on a journey to carve a totem pole for Camp Pigott, the Scouts’ summer camp.

The scouts have spent a year working on the task, cutting down a tree on scout property last Christmas, de-barking, removing the core and carving the figures of the Totem.

They then spent six months, prior designing the totems, building the adzes used to carve the pole. The 15-foot-tall, 99-year-old yellow cedar is 18 inches in diameter and has the figures of a bear, squirrel and blue heron, figures representing aspects of the Scouts.

The Pole will be raised next spring at Camp Pigott in Monroe.


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